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SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

Shaping the future of BMW.

Sustainability and taking care of the environment is firmly embedded in BMW Group’s culture and corporate strategy. We view it not just in our vehicles, but as a basic requirement for the individual mobility of tomorrow. It is therefore an integral part of every thought and action we take.

We have adopted a holistic approach, implementing sustainability throughout the value chain. In addition to reducing CO2 emissions, our strategy also focuses on achieving continuous progress in areas such as corporate environmental protection, supply chain sustainability, employee orientation and social commitment.

We remain committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and have systematically implemented its Ten Principles worldwide since 2001. Our sustainability strategy also supports the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in autumn 2015.

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Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

BMW has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index for continued commitment to reducing environmental impact since 1999. This attitude is integral to every stage of the car’s life - manufacturing, use, servicing and recycling.

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Sustainability of the BMW i3.

In 2007, a new era began at BMW. It marked the start of 'Project i', and with it the development of a completely new vehicle concept designed to change the future of our mobility. The result is a powerful electric vehicle with a progressive design: the BMW i3.

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BMW AdBlue®.

EU regulation has been introduced to significantly reduce the levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emitted from diesel engines. With BMW AdBlue®, you can massively reduce the amount of emissions being created and have less impact on the environment.

Renewable energy.

58% of the electricity purchased by BMW Group worldwide already comes from renewable sources.

Recyling.

End of life isn't the end of the story.

BMW Cars ready for recycling

Re-using your BMW the right way.

Key to the recycling process for end-of-life vehicles is the recovery of valuable materials, which are placed back into the production cycle.
 
To return your BMW vehicle to BMW's authorised end of life recycling network* please call Rewarding Recycling on 0800 542 2002 or visit www.rewardingrecycling.co.uk.
 
If you simply wish to replace the battery of your vehicle, it can be returned to your Authorised BMW Centre where a new battery is installed. Alternatively, it can be delivered to one of the following facilities for recycling:
 
  • Civic Amenity and Recycling Centres
  • Local Authority Battery Collection Schemes
  • Licensed End of Life Vehicle Authorised Treatment Facilities
  • Licensed Metal Recycling Sites
To find your nearest recycling facilities visit www.recycle-more.co.uk.

*Autogreen's network of ATF's and take-back points will take all registered BMW vehicles (including new MINI and new Rolls-Royce models). These sites will not charge for the disposal of these vehicles if the vehicle is complete, i.e. the vehicle must include its essential component parts, in particular its engine, coachworks/chassis, transmission drive, catalytic converter, wheels, and must not contain waste. As part of Autogreen’s Rewarding Recycling Programme they may even be able to give you a value for your vehicle’s recycled parts and metals.

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Begin by thinking of the end.

BMW specialists begin laying the foundations for the end of a vehicle’s life during the product development process.

Our engineers and design team work closely with our recycling specialists to analyse the environmental impact of a car’s components. This includes:

During the development phase, the vehicle's electronics are designed so that all pyrotechnic devices can be controlled and activated using one common interface.

Consideration is given to making sure that all operating fluids such as oils, air-conditioning system refrigerant, brake fluid and radiator coolant can be removed quickly and simply from the vehicle once it reaches the end of its life.

All components are labelled in accordance with the international ISO standards. This enables materials to be sorted in the right way.

Recycled materials are used in various areas such as insulation, boot ventilation and other aspects of the car that are not in direct view or part of a safety feature.

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Employee orientation.

Further education and training of employees remains another top priority for the BMW Group. In 2015, the BMW Group invested a total of €352 million in further education and training programmes. The company also hired more than 1,500 apprentices worldwide. Around 4,700 young people are currently enrolled in vocational training and talent development programmes at the BMW Group.